Dearest Suds Buds:
What a difference a week makes. Our country has undergone a very tragic and senseless act of violence. As I write this column (September 13, 2001 Thursday afternoon, 4 PM LA time) we are at day three after the horrific events that took so many innocent lives. As the events continue to unfold, I am still in a daze. And although New York and Washington, D.C. are 3,000 miles away, I am an east coaster and will always consider NYC my home. My home has now been devastated. So many victims. So much sadness.
Throughout the enfolding events, I have heard from many of my East Coast friends and family, all with personal stories to share about their experiences over the past few days. Many had sad stories, but there were many more happy endings.
Fans of Martha Byrne (Lily/Rose, ATWT) emailed to ask if her husband was okay. He is a NYC police officer. Posts on the TRO ATWT message board report that he is on inactive duty, due to an injury earlier in the year. (As I write, we are awaiting official word on this, and will report to you as soon as we get confirmation.)
Speaking of ATWT, Paul Leyden (Simon) and Trent Dawson (Henry) both posted to fans that they were alive and well, and shared their experiences. (Thanks to TRO's posters for alerting us to these messages.)
Marj Dussay (Vanessa, AMC) sent a message via email to her fans saying that all was well with her and the rest of "All My Children."
On a non-TRO message board I saw a post that claimed that NBC had cancelled FanFest. Not so. According to the network, FanFest is still on the calendar as I write. What was cancelled was Deidre Hall's "Deeva Las Vegas," scheduled for September 22, 23 at the MGM Grand Hotel. For refunds go to http://www.marlena.com.
And soon, daytime programming will be back on the air. While something considered sheer entertainment, and even trivial to some, it is still an outlet for us to take ourselves outside of the horrors of current events, and for a moment or two, share a few laughs or romantic moments as we try to get by in these trying times.
As both President Bush and NYC Mayor Giuliani said almost immediately after the attacks on NY and Washington, try to get back to normal life. Go out to dinner, go grocery shopping, and in our case, watch and discuss our soaps. Although it seems trivial to say get back to business as usual, it is really what we have to do. Our way of life and our freedoms cannot and will not be taken away from us.
As the bright lights on Broadway shine bright once again, here is the latest in soaps...
With all the preemptions, Turtle-Run was not running daily episode guides for most of last week. We will resume as soon as the shows begin airing again. Also, some of the casting information below will now be slightly different, as first airdates of new actors will be pushed back a few days depending on when the shows begin to air. As we do not know exactly when the first airdates will be at this time, I have eliminated them totally from the casting info below. Just know that the characters will be on soon!
CDC Names Soap Opera Storylines From Three Networks as Finalists for the Sentinel for Health Award for Daytime Drama
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced four finalists today for the second annual Sentinel for Health Award for Daytime Drama. The award recognizes exemplary achievements of daytime drama storylines that inform, educate, and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives.
The second-year competition generated nine entries from seven of ten daytime dramas that are created in the United States. ABC, CBS and NBC shows are represented among the finalists. The storylines that have been selected by CDC topic experts as finalists are: "Joe May Be HIV Positive" from Port Charles, "Ecstasy and Agony" from All My Children, "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome" from Days of Our Lives, and "Raul's Diabetes" from The Young and The Restless.
The winner will be selected by a panel of entertainment professionals and health experts, and will be announced during an evening program at the Soap Summit VI conference, Oct. 26-27 in Santa Monica. Youth risk behavior and youth-parent communication issues will be addressed at the one-and-one-half-day educational conference which is presented by Population Communications International for writers and producers of daytime dramas.
"The CDC and other health agencies recognize that TV is a major source of health information for viewers, many of whom discuss health storylines from TV entertainment shows with their friends and family," said CDC Director Jeffrey P. Koplan, M.D., M.P.H. "CDC experts are available to provide credible information for accurate portrayals of health issues in TV dramas, which can educate mass audiences about disease risk and prevention."
CDC analysis of data from the 1999 Healthstyles Survey shows that nearly half (48%) of regular viewers of soap operas -- those who watch at least twice a week -- learned about a disease or how to prevent it from a soap opera in the past year. More than one-third (34%) took some action as a result, such as discussing it with others, giving advice or calling a doctor. "The award was developed by CDC because regular viewers of daytime dramas include some of the age groups, education and income levels, and minority groups at greatest risk for preventable diseases," said Koplan. "This is an important way to reach out to them."
The Sentinel for Health Award for Daytime Drama is part of the CDC's Entertainment Education Program that includes research, education and outreach to entertainment audiences. An online web site for T.V. writers and producers includes background information on public health topics, with links to additional online resources.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects people's health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national and international organizations.
Hispanic Star Maria Laria to Appear on Days of our Lives
Hispanic superstar Maria Laria will appear in four episodes of "Days of our Lives." Laria will portray a compassionate nurse from Puerto Rico who cares for a comatose patient, one of Salem's many young residents. Laria's episodes are scheduled to air in the United States on Thursday September 27th, Monday October 1st, Tuesday October 2nd, and Wednesday October 3rd, but may be pushed back now due to recent preemptions. The question is --- what character will be at risk? We will have to tune in to find out.
"Days of our Lives" marks Laria's first appearance on a daytime television drama, perhaps the only medium Laria has yet to conquer; the multi-Emmy award wining television personality is a talk show host, an executive producer, journalist, and concert pianist as well as an actress. The pioneer of all Hispanic talk shows, Cuban-born Laria was the first Hispanic woman to produce and star in her own Spanish-language talk-show in the United States, Telemundo's Cara a Cara con Maria Laria. She later went on to develop and headline the world-wide syndicated show The Maria Laria Show and has produced and hosted numerous award-winning prime time specials that have aired all over the world.
On SoapCenter as of Friday, September 14, 2001
Chad Brannon ("Zander," General Hospital) Guest-Host
Behind the Scenes: A Day on a Soap It's every fan's dream: the chance to be on your favorite soap. SoapCenter producer Nicole Strome Taub recently filled the one-day role of a cocktail waitress on her favorite soap, "All My Children." So, what's it like working with the stars? What really goes on behind the scenes? Nikki has the answers when she takes viewers on an all-access tour of Pine Valley.
Spotlight: Tamara Clatterbuck's Bridal Shower Tamara Clatterbuck, the popular actress who plays Barb on "Days of our Lives," is getting married, and we take you to her bridal shower given by Tamara's good friend, Alex Donnelley (ex-Diane, "Young & the Restless"). The bride-to-be had a great time participating in all the traditional bridal shower festivities, with a few fun surprises thrown in for good measure.
Storyline Spotlight: Who Killed Sorel on "General Hospital?" Much-loathed mob boss, Sorel, is dead on "General Hospital." Just who is responsible for the crime? SoapCenter interviews Jensen Buchanan ("Melissa"), Maurice Benard ("Sonny"), Stuart Damon ("Alan") and A Martinez ("Roy"), among others, and brings you the motives and clues of the nine murder suspects.
Spotlight: Newcomers on "Passions" -- SoapCenter catches up with "Passions" newcomers Justin Carroll, Chrystee Pharris and Ryan McPartlin (David, Simon and Hank) as they adjust to life on the set and their newfound fame.
**TRO Disclaimer: The above SoapCenter segments are scheduled in advance and may be bumped without notice for airing at a later date. The above segments may then be replaced with other segments. Check your local listings.**
All My Children: Elizabeth Hendrickson has been cast in the contract role of Frankie. Ruben Santiago-Hudson has been cast in the recurring role of Dr. McMillian. Terri Ivens has been cast in the contract role of Simone. Say hello again to Colleen Dion who returns in the role of Leslie Coulson.
As the World Turns:Al Decristo plays "Letizia."
Days of our Lives: Katya Abelski plays the little girl who sees Nicole. She will appear in several episodes. Gary Cervantes portrays Detective Yberra.
General Hospital: Kristina Wagner (Felicia) returns to Port Charles as does Robin Christopher (Skye).
Guiding Light: Charissa Chamoro has been cast as Tory Granger, a law student of Ross'. Charissa is known to daytime audiences from her role as Sophia Pellegrino on "One Life to Live." Daniel Oreskes plays Felix, a Santos associate. Chelsea Lagos plays Daphne, the innkeeper of a B&B Reva visits.
Passions: Christopher Douglas will join the cast in the contract role of Brian. Victor McKay joins the cast in the contract role of Doc. McCay most recently played a recurring part on "The West Wing." His other credits include "The Big Time," "Ally McBeal," "ER," "Chicago Hope," "Judging Amy," "Family Law," and "Resurrection Blvd." Harrison Young returns to Passions in the recurring role of Palmer Harper, Julian's attorney. Young, a well-respected character actor, has appeared in "Saving Private Ryan," "Primary Colors," Rocky & Bullwinkle," "The Conspiracy," "The Outsiders," and "Durango Kids." His TV credits include "West Wing," "Providence," "ER," "Law & Order," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Melrose Place," and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." Young begins taping August 29, 2001. Harrison Young returns as Palmer Harper.
Young & the Restless: Denise Duff has been cast as Amanda. Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) returns to Genoa City. Singer/songwriter Lionel Richie stars as himself. The following stars appear over the next few weeks: Tracey Bregman as Lauren, Marissa Arena as Maraissa, Rick Hearst as Matt and Beth Maitland as Tracy, Robertson Dean as Ned, Joe Sabatino as Officer Pendleton, Randy Seldman as a high school freshman, Kim Straus is Dr. Walker, McKay Giller is Noah, Jacqueline Hahn is Dr. Burns, Melissa Dalton is Nurse Judy, and David Shark Fralick is Larry. Laila Bowden is Nurse Jillian.
ABC's SuperSoap Weekend and NBCs FanFest, November 3-4, 2001.
Join stars of the ABC Daytime lineup at Disney/MGM Studios for ABC's SuperSoap Weekend, and join stars of NBC's Daytime lineup at Universal Studios Orlando for NBC's FanFest, both taking place November 3-4,2001. For info on SuperSoap call the SuperSoap Hotline(407) 397-6806. For info on FanFest call 877 912-3838.
AMC: On September 21-22, 2001 see Walt Willey at Funny Bone in Evansville, IN, two shows nightly at 8 and 10 PM. Call 812 471-7171. See Walt Willey on October 21, 2001 at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ. Call 732 545-4242 for info.
As the World Turns: On Monday, September 24, 2001, Tamara Tunie (Jessica) appears in "Dreamgirls -- the 20th Anniversary Concert. The one-night only show will take place at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Call 800 221-7303 for info. Chad Tucker joins Phylicia Rashad in the Roundabout Theatre production of the musical, BLUE. Performances are at New York City's Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street. For ticket information, call the theater at (212) 777-4900 or Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100. Lea Salonga (Lein) has been cast in the leading role of Mei Li in "Flower Drum Song," which will open in previews at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles on October 2, 2001. The opening is currently set for October 14, 2001. For further information call 213 628-2772. Paul Leyden (Simon) appears at Sears, Roebuck & Co., Polaris Fashion Place, 1400 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240 on Saturday, October 20 from 1:00-3:00pm. For more information, call 614/797-2054. Michael Park ("Jack") will appear at Sears, Roebuck & Co., Polaris Fashion Place, 1400 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240 on Saturday, November 3 from 1:00-3:00pm. For more information, call 614/797-2054.
Days of Our Lives: Peter Reckell guest stars on the syndicated adventure series "Sheena" on the October 6th episode. Peter portrays an Interpol Agent who navigates his way through the jungle with assistance from Sheena, portrayed by Gena Lee Nolin. Check local listings for time and channel. On Saturday, October 13th, from 3-5 PM, Patrika Darbo appears at the KROC Women's Fall Expo in Rochester, Minnesota. On Saturday, October 13th, Matt Cedeno appears at Sears in the Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Arizona from 2-4 PM. The Chandler Fashion Center is located at 3177 W. Chandler Blvd. On Friday, October19th, Patrika Darbo and Kevin Spirtas participate in the 8th Annual Daytime TV Salutes St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the Broadway Marriott Marquis in New York City. The benefit begins at 7:00 PM and tickets are $135.00 and are available to the public. For ticket information, please call 212/239-3239. On Saturday, October 20th, from 1-3 PM, Matt Cedeno appears at the Sears store in the Robinson Mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Mall is located at 1000 Robinson Town Center Dr. in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, October 27th, from 2-4:00 PM, Matt Cedeno appears at the Sears Store in the St. Louis County Mall in St. Louis, MO. The Mall is located at 250 S. County Center Way.
General Hospital:Chad Brannon (Zander) performs the role of the Courier in the Reprise Production of 1776 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. Performances start on September 4 and run throughout the month. For ticket info and times, call (310) 825-2101. On Sunday, September 23, 2001 join Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA for the Walk for the Cure from 7:30 AM till noon. Nancy is leading the team at Soapnet.com. Log on to register to walk with Nancy in Orange Co, CA. On Sunday, September 30, 2001 join Wally Kurth (Ned) and Kurth & Taylor at Dick's Last Resort in Chicago beginning at 1 PM. Call 312 836-7870 for info. Metro DC fans look for Kurth & Taylor at the Birchmere on October 8, 2001 for a dinner, concert and auction beginning at 5 PM. Call Ticketaster at 410 481-SEAT (MD), 202 432-SEAT (DC), 703 573-SEAT (VA).
Passions: On Wednesday, September 19, Dana Sparks (Grace) and Rodney Van Johnson (TC) will participate in the LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA. For a complete schedule and further info, call 706 261-4653. On Saturday, September 29, 2001 see Galen Gering (Luis) at the Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, AL. Check NBC.com/passions for additional info. Also on Saturday, September 29, 2001, Lindsay Korman (Theresa) will sing the National Anthem at the Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche game at the LA Staples Center at 7:30 PM. Andrea Evans will also participate in the "Walk of Hope" in San Francisco on Saturday, October 6 in San Francisco and in Chicago, IL on Sunday, October 21. For information on how you can participate and raise money for the City of Hope call (800) 266-7920. Also on October 6, 2001, Lindsay Korman (Theresa) appears at the Women's Lifestyle Show at the Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL from 9 AM-4 PM. Call 309 698-3728 for info. Marianne Muellerleile (Norma) invites you to join her efforts in raising money for autism research at the 2nd Annual LA area WALF F.A.R. at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA on Sunday, October 21 at 9 AM. Register as part of teamMark with Marianne as your team leader! Call 310 230-3568 for info.
Young & the Restless: Shemar Moore is still touring the U.S. in "The Fabric of A Man." Check your local newspapers.
Bubbles Busted? Snail Mail TPTB!
All My Children: Audience Information, ABC TV, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
As the World Turns: CBS TV, 51 W. 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
Bold & the Beautiful: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
Days of Our Lives: NBC TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91523
General Hospital: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Guiding Light: CBS TV, 51 W 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
One Life to Live: ABC TV, Audience Information, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
Passions: CBS Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Port Charles: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Young & the Restless: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
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